Our Staff

Kimberly Aguirre

 

Kimberly Aguirre has been dancing since 1984.  At age 6, Kimberly  started dancing at Worley-Ellis Dance Studio in Willcox, AZ.  She never  thought she would take her knowledge of dance and one day own her very  own dance studio.

 After high school Kimberly attend college at  Pima Community College working on her general education classes.  She  then attended Northern Arizona University statewide program in Thatcher,  AZ.  In 2000, Kimberly graduated with a Bachelors degree in Elementary  Education and is an Arizona state certified teacher.

In January  of 2002, Kimberly took over a dance studio called Backstage Dance.  This  was a dance studio run out of the local community center in the  Continental Ranch area of Tucson, AZ. 

Certifications & Licenses

Yoga:  Level 1, Level 2, Senior, Prenatal/Postpartum

Zumba:  Basic 1, Basic 2, Zumba Kids, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Zumba Core, Zumba Glutes

Above the Barre

R.I.P.P.E.D

PiYo Live, CIZE Live

Core Conditioning Specialist, Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist

CPR/AED and First Aid

ACE Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist

Lauren "Lola" McLain

 Lauren is originally from Virginia where she was introduced to dance at  the age of 3.  Her training included many years of the Cecchetti method  of ballet, tap, jazz, acro, pointe, lyrical, and modern.  She performed  annually in the Nutcracker and was a featured dancer in several  community theater performances.  Lauren became a teacher assistant at  the age of 14 and began teaching her own classes at the age of 16.  She  studied dance at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia graduating  with honors.  Lauren attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC in 2010  and 2012.  With over a decade of experience, dance education has been  and still remains Lauren’s main passion in life.  She is excited to  share her love of dance with students in Tucson after relocating to  Arizona in 2015 with her husband and daughter.   

Jennifer Torres

Jennifer  has had a lifelong interest in Latin Dancing. She got her first taste  of Latin music through her grandparents. They would play music around  the house, sing in the church spanish choir, and they would always be  one of the first couples on the dance floor at family functions. While  growing up in Willcox, AZ Jennifer danced to Ranchera, Mariachi, and  Cumbia music, to name a few. Jennifer moved to Tucson in 1997 and always  kept her eyes, and ears open for new Latin music. In 2001 while working  at a local restaurant and club she found the music she was meant to  dance to....SALSA! She has taken some classes from some local Tucson  instructors but most of her dance experience comes from the dance floor  of local clubs and salsa parties. Salsa dancing even lead her to meet  her husband in 2008.

Certifications & Licenses

Zumba: Basic 1, Basic 2, Zumba Toning

AFAA Group Fitness

R.I.P.P.E.D

CPR/AED and First Aid

Aynsley Bosse

Bio Coming Soon

Lauren Wood

 

Lauren was born in Phoenix, AZ, but soon moved to Calma, Chile where  she had her first ballet class.  Upon moving back to the states, Lauren  started taking ballet classes at Dance Innovations under instructor,  Elizabeth Sims.
 

At age 12, Lauren began en pointe, which only  increased her love for classical ballet.  During her 11 years of dance,  Lauren has taken hip hop, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary, although  ballet and pointe continue to be her favorite.

Certifications

CPR/AED and First Aid

Amee Evans

 

Amee's dance training began when she was just three years old in  classical ballet, tap, and jazz.  Later she expanded her training in  pointe, lyrical, hip hop and musical theater.  Her training started here  in Tucson at a small studio called Double C Dance Studio and then moved  around to many different institutions including Creative Dance Arts,  Gotta Dance, and Showbiz Kidz.  She also continued her passion for dance  into her college career dancing at Pima Community College and as part  of the Ballroom Club at the University of Arizona. 

Through  the Ballroom Club, Amee competed and won several ribbons, medals, and  awards.  Amee has spent time studying dance throughout all of Arizona;  performing in numerous showcases, benefits and concerts along the way.   She also served as a tap instructor at Centre Stage Dance Studio.  She  is an instructor and choreographer, specializing in ballet and lyrical.   Amee has a great love for dance and enjoys sharing her passion with  others.  She thrives on being a good example to her students, and pushes  them to dance at their highest potential.  Amee hopes to influence them  in a positive way.

Certifications & Licenses

Zumba:  Basic 1

Above the Barre

CPR/AED and First Aid

Jackie Whately

 

 Jackie began practicing yoga in 2002 at various gym settings. By  2006, she had fallen in love with the practice, knowing there was  something deeper resonating each time she came to the mat.  In 2008,  after taking a Level 1 YogaFit training, she knew she wanted more.  Soon  after, she found Ann Richardson and signed up for the 200 hour training  at Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga.  She graduated in March of 2010.

It  was during her training with Ann Richardson, that Jackie found Lisa  Rapp, a certified Jivamukti instructor.  She was immediately intrigued  by Lisa’s unique teaching style, which encompassed spirituality,  devotion, chanting, and sacred teachings.  She received training from  Lisa at My Yoga Spirit and graduated with 500 hours in May of 2012. At  that time, she was given the Sanskrit name “Ananda”, which means bliss. 

Jackie  is also a massage therapist from the Cayce/Reilly School of  Massotherapy. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and holistic health to  her classes and enjoys deepening her students’ practice with nurturing  hands-on adjustments. Savasana, the final resting pose in every yoga  practice, is heavenly in Jackie’s classes, with the added touch of  massage.

Jackie was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA.  She  recently moved here to Tucson, AZ with her husband Walter and their two  children, Gavin and Kiera.  Jackie enjoys gardening, riding her bike,  hiking, running, listening to live music and exploring Tucson with her  family.

Certifications & Licenses

Yoga:  ERYT 200, RYT 500

Massage: LMT

CPR/AED and First Aid

Christie Kerr

Christie began her dance training at the age of 3 in her hometown of  Littleton, Colorado.  Through the years Christie has trained at many  prestigious studios and with many master teachers.  She has worked  throughout the USA as a choreographer, teacher, performer and director.   Christie has recently moved to Tucson from Chicago, IL where she was an  Adjunct Professor at Columbia College, Chicago in the Musical Theatre  Department.  In addition, she taught at many different dance studios in  the Chicagoland area.  Christie is new to Tucson and is an Assistant  Professor of Musical Theatre at The University of Arizona.  A graduate  of The University of Michigan, Christie holds a BFA Degree in Musical  Theater Performance.